Saturday, 17 March 2018

From Tavistock to Norway - Polar Training

Something's changed.  Adventure now seems to have a capital A in my life.  Bi-product #6 is need to do some polar exploring.  So, February saw me in the mountains of Norway on a Polar Expedition Training week.  Cross-country skiing, pulling pulls, camping in very low temperatures.

We were gifted about 1 metre of snow whilst doing it which caused some issues, but never having enough of the white stuff meant that was fine by me.

More more more.  Svalbard next hopefully.

Snow Minimalism




Wilderness Camping in Deep Snow 
Hills, Pulks, Cross-Country Skis, Deep Snow.  Hmm
Snow Storm Camping

Cutting a Trail in Snow

10 minute Break on the Hour

Morning Sunshine through Tent
Yes Please


Sunshine after the Storm

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

The Mighty Yosemite - A Photographer's Dream

Visceral.  Walking in Yosemite Valley and on the High Sierra was almost painful, the need and urge to photograph everything was almost overwhelming.  There is no place quite like it and I am totally bewitched by it.

Hugh white granite cliffs tower over the deep valley that was deeply carved by glaciers.  The granite peels off in layers and tumbles down to the valley floor amid the glacial erratics left by the ghost of the river glaciers.

It is cold and bright; the trees smell of candy and incense and the leaves of the hardwoods glow in the sun.  Trees and rocks, trees and rocks.  I love it.

Yosemite Valley

Tree Sunset from Sentinel Dome, Yosemite

Yosemite Trees in Sunlight

Looking over Yosemite Valley from the Fissures

Half Dome at Sunset in Yosemite

Smoke in the Sierra Nevada Woods

Tenaya Lake, Yosemite

Trail to Cloud's Rest, Yosemite

View from Cloud's rest over Half Dome & Yosemite Valley

Yosemite Wilderness & Moon

New growth under Burnt Trees

Lyell River Valley, Tuolumne Meadows

Autumn Shrubs in Yosemite

Mirror Lake, Yosemite

Black Oaks, Yosemite Valley

Friday, 1 December 2017

Brecon Beacons Snowstorm

Decided to try out another moorland in Wales.  Brecon Beacons in November are beautiful; sharp, constrasty and beckoning.







Monday, 31 July 2017

THE DARTMOOR TORS COMPENDIUM IS LAUNCHED!

On Saturday 29th July 2017 the Dartmoor Tors Compendium book was launched at the Dartmoor National Park Visitor Centre in Princetown as part of their Summer Fair.  The day was a great success and I am so grateful to all those who came to the launch and helped me achieve the book.



The book is 334 pages long with 718 photographs, most of which are black and white.

You can have a look at a sample here.

You can also buy the book online here.

Next project is an exhibition of photographs at the Visitor Centre in Princetown at the end of August 2017.




Sunday, 2 July 2017

Belstone Tors, Higher Tor and the Taw

A beautiful day to mooch around the northern tors after a week of rain.  Belstone is really majestic and the views north across Mid-Devon's farmland tapestry are truly spectacular.  Higher Tor showed me a new profile which I'd never appreciated before, and I found an abandoned granite trough I'd not noticed previously on Belstone.

Belstone Tors, Dartmoor

Higher Tor, Dartmoor

River Taw and the Green Moor of a Lush Dartmoor



Also, I will have some news later this week about my book, Dartmoor Tors Compendium.  See www.dartmoor-tors.co.uk for more details.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Pew Tor on Dartmoor

Pootled around Pew Tor on an achingly clear day, with a warm breeze swirling around the granite stacks at the top.  I love Pew Tor; it's so accessible and changes every visit.

Pew Tor Quarry with Alarmingly Green Water


Dartmoor Hawthorn in Bloom, losing very Japanese



Pew Tor, all neat and tidy

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

The Great Great Mis Tor Straw Fence

Sunshine and blue skies are a gift on Dartmoor and not to be ignored.

I've been reconnaissance trekking a route for a new charity walk and followed the fence on the way up to Great Mis Tor.  This fence catches the wind blown grasses and often looks like a raffia eco-fence.

I just think it looks really cool.

Wind-Blown Fence Near Great Mis Tor, Dartmoor